CHANDIGARH: Nirmal Kaur, former captain of the Indian women's volleyball team and wife of legendary sprinter Milkha Singh, died at the age of 85 years old on Sunday in a Mohali hospital from COVID-19-related complications.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh expressed his condolences on Kaur's death.
“Deeply saddened to know about the passing away of Nirmal Milkha Singh Ji due to Post-Covid illness. She had served as the captain of India’s Volleyball team and was a remarkable sportsperson. My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends” CM tweeted.
“I'm deeply saddened by the demise of Nirmal Milkha Singh ji, former captain of India’s National Women’s Volleyball team. May the Almighty give the entire family the strength to cope with this mammoth loss. I also wish a speedy recovery of legendary Milkha Singh Ji”, union sports minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted.
Nirmal, who got the deadly virus last month was hospitalised to Fortis Hospital in Mohali on May 26, two days after Milkha was treated for COVID-pneumonia at the same facility.
A week later, Milkha was discharged at the family's request, while Nirmal remained in the hospital battling the terrible virus.
Milkha was then admitted to the PGIMER's Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where he is reportedly "stable and improving."
During the death rituals Nirmal's son, ace golfer Jeev Milkha Singh and daughter, Mona Milkha Singh, a doctor in the United States, were there.
After their parents became unwell, Jeev and Mona flew down to Chandigarh from Dubai and the United States.
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